Esri recently awarded Microsoft Corporation with the New Technology Integration Award at the Esri Partner Conference in Palm Springs. The award honors a company in Esri’s Partner Network for taking map visualization and location analytics to the next level by integrating ArcGIS in a new or innovative way.

Microsoft was recognized for integrating Esri’s ArcGIS Maps into Microsoft Power BI, a set of business analytics tools. Power BI allows users to share insights in the form of interactive maps layered with authoritative data. Individuals can access geographic information in to make better business decisions more efficiently without having to export data from numerous sources online.

"Esri and Microsoft's collaboration to integrate ArcGIS and Microsoft Power BI is a huge step forward in the BI space,” says Chan Lee, strategy and analytics, Chick-fil-A, Inc. “It will give retailers the ability to leverage a robust set of analytical and geo-enabled visualization tools that we've not seen from any other solution available. Now that the ArcGIS Maps for Power BI preview has been announced it is definitely something that we'd like to evaluate for the future."

Power BI enables users to create dashboards, reports and visualizations of data through a cloud-based service. This allows anyone in an organization to use Power BI’s powerful analytical capabilities anywhere, and access them via an application that can be downloaded to mobile devices. For instance, a retailer surveying a new location can use ArcGIS Maps within the Power BI mobile app from the field to determine its proximity to potential affluent consumers.

“We’re excited and humbled to receive the 2017 Esri Partner Conference New Technology Integration award,” says Kamal Hathi, general manager, Power BI, Microsoft Corp. “Thanks to the dedicated team across Esri and Microsoft, we delivered a sophisticated solution in record time. This was made possible by the open and extensible Microsoft Power BI platform which makes it easy for partners such as Esri to plug in and add value to our mutual customers.”

About Esri

Since 1969, Esri has provided customers worldwide tools to think and plan geographically. A specialist in GIS, Esri software is used in more than 350,000 organizations including each of the 200 largest cities in the U.S., most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. Esri applications run on more than 1 million desktops and thousands of Web and enterprise servers. Esri provides complete technical solutions for desktop, mobile, server and Internet platforms.